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techfugees cameroon creative conference Douala

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  • Hotel Lewat Douala Cameroon

    Bessengué Douala, Douala (map)

    4.036263 9.698299

  • The second Techfugees Cameroon creative conference will take place on February 25 in Douala City. The event will bring together expertise from tech, design, innovation, media and other communities to explore solutions to the global refugee crisis.

    Techfugees Cameroon will bring together the smartest minds in technology, design, innovation, media and humanitarian work for a series of discussions and work sessions focused on how to apply the expertise that exists within Cameroon to solving challenges related to the global refugee crisis. We will harness this expertise to break down the crisis to understand the actual challenges facing refugees, and we will take real steps toward actual solutions.
    The deliberations and work sessions will emphasis on challenges within three major areas, as identified by NGOs on the ground and others in the refugee space:

    Management: Addressing different aspects of the global refugee crisis will require improved management across sectors, and greater efficiency and sophistication in delivering aid and other support around the globe. This includes the ability to collect, analyse and share data among organizations that provide direct support for refugees and across the NGO community. Additionally, there is a need for better understanding/mapping of the refugee experience and the emergency response and relief experience, as well as opportunities to identify and anticipate specific needs that can be prioritized in the future.

    Growth: There are systems in place, new apps and other tools that have been developed in the immediate response to the crisis in Europe. Those tools must continue to evolve and improve as the crisis continues to worsen, as well as seek out opportunities to scale and sustain projects so the solutions that have been deployed in Europe can also be applied to other areas of the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc.) where there are equally serious refugee situations. There are also protocols that must be followed in order to protect refugees and standards that can be developed to help future innovation flow more readily.

    Assignation: New and improved approaches to getting the world engaged in efforts to address the global refugee crisis are needed - at all levels. It is more important than ever to improve how issues related to the global refugee crisis are communicated (going beyond storytelling and awareness raising), as well as find better ways to measure and direct support - across all sectors - (beyond fundraising and simple advocacy). Entrepreneurs, tech innovators and others are needed to help tap into the values, skills, and ambition of Cameroon to support refugees around Africa . Representatives from leading NGOs, tech companies, VCs and others will be on hand to participate, provide guidance and support, as well as feedback and input on the ideas and solutions being developed.

    The Techfugees Cameroon event is designed to:
    • Build a community of innovators eager to solve complex problems and create social value through hands-on tactical sessions and interactions between peers and experts;
    • Shape a process based on cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing among a diverse group of participants (design, technology, media, social entrepreneurship, business and NGOs/public sector) to create new knowledge and design sustainable refugee-led solutions;
    • Promote and execute an integrated approach based on design thinking principles of ideation, validation and iteration through collaborative learning;
    • Focus creative energies on building products for and with refugees in response to real social and economic challenges and market realities.

    Tentative Schedule
    8:00am - 8:45am Registration/Breakfast
    8:45am - 9:30am Briefing (Refugee crisis, innovation rules, project approach)
    9:30am - 11:00am Planning Time (Small group brainstorms, prioritization, explore specific solutions)
    11:00am - 11:45pm Lunch/Networking
    11:45pm - 1:45pm Work Session 1 (three groups, discrete focus)
    1:45pm - 2:00pm Break
    2:00pm - 4:00pm Work Session 2 (three groups, discrete focus)
    4:00pm - 4:30pm Idea Sharing/Wrap Up (Rapid presentations, group discussion)
    4:30pm - 6:00pm Networking/Break

    6:30pm - 7:30pm      Cocktails/Networking

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